CCaTS offers several programs to assist investigators who work with research volunteers.
The research recruitment staff can offer assistance to investigators and study teams with their recruitment efforts by:
- Developing a recruitment plan
- Identifying appropriate internal and external methods for recruitment
- Providing cost estimates for recruitment materials and advertising
- Creating timelines and explaining the process for materials and communications strategies
ResearchMatch is a secure, Web-based, national research registry that was launched in late 2009 by the CTSA Consortium. Participation in ResearchMatch is free for both research volunteers and investigators, although access to the registry is currently available only to Consortium members. This free network is designed to easily and securely connect interested volunteers with researchers.
ResearchMatch can help investigators:
- Determine the likelihood of finding enough participants for a protocol
- Contact potential volunteers who have expressed an interest in participation
- Track communication with potential recruits
ResearchMatch has two levels of access for investigative teams — feasibility and recruitment.